In 1973, a meeting at the home of Uchiyama Choju had some very auspicious results. A joint meeting of the Kakkuken Association of wood fired pots and the Tenji Kai Soku Bai(Association for sale and display) ended in argument about the future direction of the association, ways to improve upon display and pottery, and sales. In order to solve the apparent rut the old associations found themselves in, 3 potters joined together to form a new association of potters and Bonsai artists dedicated to improvement: The Yokohama Guild(横浜逸品会). The first meetings and discussions with the founding 3 memebers, Chairman Tsujimura Takashi, Okatani Zeshin, and Uchiyama Choju began at Choju’s home, and the next year the first Yokohama exhibition was held there as well, to attract new membership. It is still one of the most important Bonsai pottery exhibitions in Japan: the Kawasaki Company Small Handmade Pot Exhibition. In 1976, the first Yokohama Guild Exhibition of small bonsai was held.
Meetings are held monthly, and the membership is extensive, with members mostly focused on mame and mini containers and bonsai.
As you can see, the list of members past and present is extensive, so rather than comment on the pots I’ll allow you to make your own appraisals, as the post is already pretty long winded.
Let’s take a look at a few selected works of potters on the extensive list of members of the Yokohama Guild: On To the Pots!
And We’ll finish up Today’s post with
Thanks for reading! After months of working on the Chop and Signature Database during my allotted time for the blog, it isn’t finished, but I’m sick of it(for now!). I’ll return to working on it eventually, but for now it’s back to articles! Stay tuned! Upcoming articles will feature Takemoto, Koyo, and more extensive looks at some of Japan’s classical regional ware.